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Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research

The Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research

Poul Nissen awarded the Rigmor og Carl Holst-Knudsens Science Prize 2010 for his pioneering cell research with therapeutic potiential.


On 28 May 1956, Rector Willy Munck (left) presented a petition to Carl Holst-Knudsen which he had just read aloud to the notabilities gathered in the Aarhus University Main Hall.

The Rigmor and Carl Holst-Knudsen Award for Scientific Research was established on 28 May 1956 on the occasion of barrister Carl Holst-Knudsen’s 70th birthday, when he stepped down as chairman of the board of the then self-governing Aarhus University.

The award was presented for the first time in 1958. Since when – in so far as possible – it has been awarded on 28 May every year. The award was originally DKK 10,000 but has been raised to DKK 100,000 today.

The award is presented without application as a mark of respect to a Danish researcher who is primarily working or has worked at Aarhus University, and who is involved in scientific work and as a result has produced one or more significant results which hold promise for future research.

A person may only receive the award once.